In today’s ‘Times of India’ as part of the obit story on P.B. Sreenivos (that’s how he spelt his name), the noted female playback singer P. Sushila is quoted as saying that She knew PBS from 1961 when music director M.S. Viswanathan ‘introduced’ them. (She is not saying that MSV introduced them in the sense that he gave them their first opportunity, she means that she introduced them to each other!).
If that were so how was PBS singing along with P.Sushila in 1959 in the song ‘Azhage Amuthe’ (in the music direction of Viswanathan Ramamurthy in the film Raja Malayasimman)? How was it that he sang ‘Anbu Manam Kanindha Pinne’ with P.Sushila again in the film ‘Alukkoru Veedu’ in 1960, again under the baton of the VR duo?
And how was it that the same Sushila was singing with PBS under G. Ramanathan’s baton in the extremely popular ‘Veerapandiya Kattabommon’, the beautiful song, ‘Inbam Pongum Vennila’, some two years before the so-called first meeting in 1961 under MSV aegis?
So the fact is that it was not in 1961 that P.Sushila met PBS.
By 1961, both Sreenivos and Sushila had been in the field of playback singing and plonk in the studios of Kodambakkam and they should have got a whiff of each other earlier!